We all know Romney has changed positions on some issues in the past, but apparently, the man who also is quickly becoming his biggest opponent in Iowa is in exactly the same boat. I’m talking about Mike Huckabee, and, in case you didn’t know, one of the most secure pillars of his candidacy is support for the Fair Tax, which, in case you don’t know, removes the current tax system and replaces it with a national sales tax. Apparently, the main advantages are that it is revenue neutral and does not punish success. Here is what Huck has said this year on the Fair Tax:
FairTax untaxes productivity & things which we export. (Oct 2007) FairTax eliminates all taxes on productivity & saving. (Sep 2007) Tax system penalizes productivity; needs complete overhaul. (Aug 2007) FairTax puts Going-Out-of-Business sign on IRS. (May 2007) Flatter, fairer, finite, family friendly overhaul: Fair Tax. (May 2007)
Alright then, so it sounds like he has always been for it, right? Well, not exactly, at least according to On the Issues. Here is a statement from a few years ago:
No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
Obviously people can and do change their positions on issues, but if Huckabee even makes an attempt to portray himself as a “consistent” candidate, I’m not going to give him a free ride.
Welcome to the top tier, Mike.